The final leg of the event was from Bexleyheath to the finish line at SWEEEP Kuusakoski’s Gas Road treatment facility, where Louise Grantham, chief executive of REPIC, led the riders across. A special applause went to Andy Kellar, Repic’s contract services manager, who was the sole pedal bike rider to complete the entire 15-day, 850-mile journey.
Louise Grantham, chief executive of REPIC, commented: “The unwavering commitment and enthusiasm of the Repic team and all our guest riders to complete this 15-day journey have truly made this an experience to remember. I hope the experience, friendships and camaraderie built over these 15 days will continue to inspire and further support the sector’s advancements in developing a more circular economy for electricals.”
Repic launched the event to reflect on the changing landscape of the country since the release of the first WEEE regulations in 2007. Through the event it aimed to show the significance of responsible electrical waste management and driving the sector towards a circular economy.
Moreover, the event served as a platform for contemplating the future of electrical reuse and recycling in the UK. Participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to the forthcoming WEEE consultation, facilitating informed decision-making and strategic sector planning by bringing together industry experts and policy makers.
Justin Greenaway, commercial manager at SWEEEP Kuusakoski, the final event host and one of the ten cyclists on stage, commented: “We are honoured to have been asked to host this milestone stage and have been fully supportive of all the positive stories that have been told about the sector over the past 15 days. It’s important to take time out to reflect just how far the sector has travelled and developed, and what we’ve learned, and I’m grateful to have enjoyed and participated in this experience with REPIC.”
Repic and its sponsors pledged to donate a total of £15,000 to various local good causes along the 15-day Repic WEEE Cycle Network event route, to contribute to the betterment of communities and reinforcing the positive impact of responsible electrical waste management.